How to Pack for a Trip to Florida

Updated on September 11, 2016

What to Pack for a Trip to Florida

Packing for a trip to Florida isn’t as simple as throwing your clothes into a suitcase; you’ll need to take into account the current season and climate, as well as where you are traveling and by what means. Driving down to Florida is much different than taking a plane in your space and item restrictions. Planning to go the beach in Florida is different than spending the day at a theme park. Read on for advice on how to pack your bags for your trip, as well as what you cannot pack on an airplane.

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What Clothes to Wear in Florida

The temperatures in Florida are fairly favorable all year round; however, during the winter, lows range around 39 °F to 65 °F (depending on location) to daytime highs between 65 °F to 77 °F. This warmer winter weather makes Florida a popular winter vacation spot, as it isn’t too hot or too cold. If you plan on going to Florida during the winter, you should pack:

  • at least one pair of jeans
  • a couple pairs of shorts
  • a couple of t-shirts
  • a sweatshirt or light jacket
  • a pair of shoes
  • sunscreen
  • winter hat and gloves (optional)

With the cool temperatures, you won’t need a heavy winter jacket with you unless Florida goes through the rare cold spell. Even though it’s winter, it is still very sunny out - sunscreen is still a must. Be sure to have one pair of pants for a particularly cold day; otherwise, shorts should be just fine. Also, take into account how long you will be staying. If you plan on being in Florida for a week, bring enough clothes to last you the trip (unless you have access to laundry).

5 Hot Florida Attractions

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A markerIslands of Adventure -
Islands Of Adventure, 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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B markerKey West -
Key West, FL 33040, USA
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C markerSea World -
Sea World Drive, Orlando, FL, USA
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D markerUniversal Studios -
Universal Orlando Resort, 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
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E markerWalt Disney World -
Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
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In the summer, temperatures have lows around 70 °F or 80 °F, while highs tend to sit in the lower 90s °F. Visiting Florida during the summer would call for much lighter clothing than when traveling in the winter, along with other accessories. If you plan on visiting Florida during the summer months, you should pack:

  • a couple pairs of shorts
  • t-shirts and/or tank tops
  • a sweatshirt (optional)
  • a pair of comfortable shoes
  • a pair of flip flops (optional)
  • plenty of sunscreen
  • sunglasses and a sun hat
  • umbrella and/or poncho (optional)

Summers in Florida are very sunny and humid, so expect to be out in high temperatures during the day. Sunscreen is a must, as well as a good pair of sunglasses. If you plan on going to a beach, pool or water park, don’t forget your swimsuit!

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Florida receives the most rainfall during the summer months; even if you check the weather before heading out for your trip and it promises sunny skies, don’t rule out the possibility of rain in the summer. Because of this, a small umbrella or poncho is a good idea, especially if you plan on being out and about all day. The time between winter and spring are the state’s driest months, however, where rising temperatures and little rainfall often result in brush fires. It isn’t worth bringing an umbrella if you are visiting in the winter or spring months.

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What to Pack for Special Attractions

Depending on your plans during your stay in Florida, you might want to pack different items. For example, if you plan primarily on going to the beach, you’ll need a bathing suit, flip flops, suntan lotion, sunglasses and other necessities. Some important items to pack for the beach include:

  • plenty of sunscreen
  • bathing suits
  • sunglasses
  • a towel or blanket
  • an umbrella (optional)

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If you’re spending the day at a theme park, you’ll want a comfortable pair of shoes, however, and appropriate clothing to go on attractions with. When going on attractions, you are often required to leave your bags with the operators of the ride until you are finished - not the best thing if you have a lot of valuables. Some good things to bring to a theme park include:

  • cash (as opposed to credit)
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • comfortable shoes
  • a small, lightweight bag

When at a theme park, it is easy to drop your wallet or lose track of a debit or credit card. When you finally realize your card is gone, it could have already been used by someone else, making cash a much better option. You’ll want to have the least amount of valuables on you as possible. Personally, I prefer wearing boys cargo shorts with huge, buttondown or velcro pockets; that way, I don’t have to worry about carrying around a bag for my wallet, phone and other objects. If there is someone in your party that doesn’t enjoy rides, however, valuables can be left with them while they wait.

Traveling by Airplane

If you plan on flying to Florida to visit, your luggage will be limited but carry-on and check-in space, as well as what the TSA allows you to bring. If you are close enough to drive down, you can bring as many items as you can fit into your vehicle, as well as your own food and drink. Airplanes, on the other hand, restrict certain items in your carry-ons and other luggage due to safety concerns. Some examples of this include:

  • sharp objects; box cutters, knives and scissors
  • sporting goods; baseball bats, hockey sticks and more
  • guns and firearms; ammunition, guns and more
  • tools; hammers, drills, wrenches and more
  • self defense items; night sticks, throwing stars and more
  • explosive materials; fireworks, flares and more
  • disabling chemicals; chlorine, liquid bleach and more

A full list of items prohibited on airplanes and carry-ons can be found on the TSA government website. Some of the items listed, while not allowed on the airplane itself, can be stored in checked luggage for the duration of the flight. Also keep in mind the space in your bags; you’ll want to leave some room for souvenirs!

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        Jessica Marello 11 days ago from United States

        @Gabby I hope you have/had a good time!

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        Gabby 2 weeks ago

        Thanks for the help! I am going to Florida in 2 days!

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        Jessica Marello 3 weeks ago from United States

        @Mike Hardy They do sound convenient - thanks for reading!

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        Mike Hardy 4 weeks ago from Caseville, Michigan

        Spot on. I’m a big fan of Tom’s slip on shoes. Great for comfort on board a flight and quickly getting through security.

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        Averymay 5 weeks ago

        This is so helpful! I'm leaving for Florida in a couple of days and was having trouble packing. You have solved my problem. Thank you so much!!! :)

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        Jessica Marello 6 weeks ago from United States

        @Andrew Smith No problem!

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        Andrew Smith 6 weeks ago

        Thanks for the help!

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        Jessica Marello 2 months ago from United States

        @Softball23 Have fun!

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        Softball23 2 months ago

        I am going there in a couple days!

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        Jessica Marello 2 months ago from United States

        @Anon Have fun!

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        Anonymous 2 months ago

        Thank you, this helped! Im going to there within 3 weeks!

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        amanda 5 months ago

        that was helpful im going soon

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        Jessica Marello 12 months ago from United States

        @Lily I'm glad it helped!

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        LILY MADERY 12 months ago

        THIS HELPED ME SO MUCH

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        Jessica Marello 4 years ago from United States

        Thanks! I'm glad you found it helpful.

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        rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

        Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

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        Jessica Marello 5 years ago from United States

        Thanks for the feedback! I've personally only been to Florida once or twice, but I did enjoy the weather, and the attractions. You're lucky to live there!

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        Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

        Thanks for the nice Hub about the state I live in: Florida. I came here from Georgia for the warmer climate, but we do have what I call cold weather. Last night it was probably in the lower 50's and I turned my heat on. It is a great state with lots of attractions.

        Thanks for the interesting Hub, Voted this UP, etc.

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        Jessica Marello 5 years ago from United States

        Thanks, I'll be sure to add a line or two in about those. Thanks again! And have a great holiday!

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        KawikaChann 5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

        Nice job, though if you are visiting a little north in the pan-handle nights can get pretty cold. Also check the south most islands to see if hurricane activity is present, if there is, the signature move is to flip north towards florida. The parks are awesome though! Voted you up/useful. Peace. Kawi.

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